Ayuba Wabba, National Labour Congress President in a statement recently released have replied the recent statement made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, that workers will have to wait beyond September 2018 for the new minimum wage.
The NLC described the statement as shocking and unacceptable. They explained that the minister promised the review of the minimum wage by September without any pressure or prompting in February.
The current volte face by the minister of labour is not only provocative; it is also insensitive especially in the face of excruciating suffering being endured by Nigerian workers particularly as occasioned by the increase in the cost of living, he said.
The NLC president further stated that the minister should not be reminded that he was also once a civil servant who always looked forward to his monthly salary.
Wabba also said the Minister’s stance was the same with the declaration made by the Vice President while he was representing the President during the year’s May day celebration. During the celebration the V.P. promised the workers that the New Minimum wage was going to be concluded and delivered soon.
But the NLC is surprised with the new development, and one of the question they are asking is “whose side is the minister on the matter and who sent him to tell them that the increase will not be possible again”.
Concluding his statement Wahab said “our position was that we would expedite actions at the level of the tripartite committee on the minimum wage and ensure that discussions and negotiations are concluded by August 2018 so that Nigerian workers can start benefitting as quickly as possible from the New National Minimum Wage.
Let us hope the decision of the government is reviewed and the New Minimum wage takes effect soon.